The life of a loose-gem wholesaler


TELLS US, HE TURNED THAT PASSION
INTO A BUSINESS. ERIKA: DIAMOND THE SPRINKLES. GEMSTONES LINED UP LIKE BUTTON
CANDY. IF YOU LIKE SPARKLES, PAUL IS
YOUR GUY. HE’S A LOOSE GEM SELLER IN
DOWNTOWN CROSSING. BOSTON GEMS IS NOT OPEN TO THE
PUBLIC, JUST TO RETAILERS AND
DESIGNERS FROM ACROSS THE
COUNTRY.>>A GENERAL SAILOR IS THE FIRST
OR SECOND PERSON ABLE TO OBTAIN
GEMS AFTER THEY COME OUT OF THE
GROUND. WE HAVE THE LUXURY OF SEEING
SEVERAL DIFFERENT SUPPLIERS AND
ARE ABLE TO PICK SOME OF THE
FINEST COLORS AND SHAPES
AVAILABLE TO US. BEING ABLE TO CREATE AND COLLECT
THE RIGHT STONES FOR THE RIGHT
PRICE, THE RIGHT SIZES FOR WHAT
IS USED EVERY DAY IN THE TRADE,
THAT IS THE KEY. ERIKA: STONES FROM ALL OVER THE
WORLD ARE SHIPPED TO HIM OR
CARRY TO HIM BY SUPPLIERS.>>I AM CONFIDENT WE ARE BUYING
CLOSE TO $100,000 OF STONE A
YEAR AND I HAVE AT LEAST 16
DIFFERENT CATEGORIES. ERIKA: HE SAYS ALL OF HIS STONES
ARE TRACKED FROM THE MINE TO THE
SHOWCASE.>>WE ARE ABSOLUTELY FAIR TRADE
AND PUTTING OUR BEST FOOT
FORWARD WITH RELIABLY SOURCED
GEMS. ARE THE PEOPLE BEING PAID
ADEQUATE WAGES? ARE THE CONDITIONS SAFE? ERIKA: HE HAS LONG BEEN
FASCINATED BY GEMS.>>THAT IS PERFECT. I GREW UP WITH A SINGLE PARENT. SATURDAY MORNINGS WERE FOR
SHOPPING. AND NEXT DOOR TO THE SUPERMARKET
WAS A JEWELER. THE JEWELER IS STILL A CUSTOMER
OF MINE TODAY. I WOULD SIT OUT IN FRONT OF HIS
WINDOW AND I WAS ABSOLUTELY IN
AWE. MY FAVORITE GEMSTONE HAS TO BE
SAPPHIRE. SAPPHIRE COMES IN EVERY SINGLE
COLOR EXCEPT FOR RED. WHEN IT COMES IN RED THEY CALL
IT RUBY. ERIKA: ANOTHER FAVORITE,
MOONSTONE, FOR WHICH BOSTON GEMS
AS WELL KNOWN.>>WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST
COLLECTIONS OF MOONSTONE IN THE
COUNTRY. ERIKA: TERMINAL E AND IS ALSO A
SPECIALTY.>>WE HAVE VERY FINE ALEXANDRITE
FROM BRAZIL. THAT CHANGES COLOR WITH
DIFFERENT LIGHT SOURCES. EMERALD CUT 10 BY EIGHT. AQUAMARINE. ERIKA: HE IS ALWAYS READY WITH
THE LATEST GLITTERING TREASURES. CUSTOMERS SHOW UP IN THE EARLY
MORNING.>>THANK YOU FOR YOUR BUSINESS. SHAYNA: HE SAYS BOSTONIANS LEAN
TOWARDS TRADITIONAL STONES,
SAPPHIRES, RUBIES AND EMERALDS. ANTHONY: AND MOONSTONE HE SAYS
IS GAINING IN POPULARITY ALL
ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT’S “CHRONICLE” FOR TONIGHT. [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE
NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE,
WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS
CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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